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THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WANTS MORE GUN CONTROL, BUT OF THE 250,000 FELONS ATTEMPTING TO BUY GUNS ONLY A HANDFUL WERE PROSECUTED.
IS IT A CRIME FOR A FELON TO ATTEMPT TO BUY A GUN? OR IS IT ONLY A CRIME IF HE ACTUALLY BUYS IT?
Is it illegal for a convicted felon to attempt to purchase a gun? Yes; in fact, it has been since the 1960's (I believe). If we do not attempt to prosecute the felons who are attempting to buy guns, we are probably letting someone who is, perhaps, mentally unstable go unchecked. Why do I suggest 'mentally unstable'? If YOU were a convicted felon, would you try to buy a gun from a legal dealer, knowing it was against the law?? SUBMITTED BY C:
WHAT WOULD IT OF COST TO PROSECUTE ALL 250,000? KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THAT MANY FELONS HANDS HAD TO SAVE AT LEAST A FEW LIVES.
Cost? Did I hear someone say cost??? Heck, if cost is what you are worrying about, then you putting the almighty dollar above that of a life! You can't say you are in favor of gun control and then give a free-pass to those who would flaunt the law. SUBMITTED BY C:
About 6,000 children were caught with guns at school in 1997 and 1998. Out of these, 13 were federally prosecuted.
ARE YOU IMPLYING THAT THEY WERE NOT PUNISHED AT ALL.
Hard, swift and severe punishment will do more to deter violence than ALL the laws passed, now and in the future.
Since the National Instant Criminal Background Check System began Dec. 1, 1998, more than 160,000 people were prevented from purchasing firearms. Nearly three out of four of them were convicted felons. Combined with the 312,000 handgun purchases barred during the manual system in effect from Feb. 28, 1994, through Nov. 30, 1998, the Brady Act has barred a total of more than 470,000 prohibited people from acquiring firearms. The National Rifle Association and gun advocates have criticized the Justice Department for charging only a tiny fraction of those denied guns with illegally attempting to buy a gun. Reno and other Justice officials have responded that the law was basically designed to stop the illegal sales and that prosecuting all the denied people would swamp the federal courts. But they predict more federal prosecutions of repeat gun-purchase offenders in the future.